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THE NOONER for October 29, 2015

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Happy Thursday to you! You're almost there for BOO-day! State political news continues to be quiet. Fortunately, there is other news coming out of Sacramento. Enjoyed watching the election of Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House this morning. Dude gives out more hugs than Robert Hertzberg.

THE 916: Could former Senate leader Steinberg be Sacramento's next mayor? [John Myers @ LAT] - “With a promise to use his long resume in California politics to help solve some of his hometown’s most challenging problems, former state Senate leader Darrell Steinberg launched his campaign for Sacramento mayor on Wednesday, an effort to return to the city hall where his political career began almost two decades ago.”

ANNOUNCEMENT: Steinberg begins campaign by touting record on mental health, youth services [Ryan Lillis @ SacBee] - “Steinberg, the former state Senate leader and city councilman, touched often on his background as an advocate for mental health support and youth services. He said he wants to build housing for the homeless using millions of dollars from a 2004 state proposition he co-authored that increased taxes on millionaires to pay for mental health services. And he said after-school programs are vital to combating the city’s rising crime rate.”

THE DEAN SPEAKETH: Sacramento's revolving door may throw a Legislature veteran into the mayor's seat [George Skelton @ LAT] - Darrell “Steinberg's political career may still stretch beyond Sacramento. [Kevin] Johnson's won't, sadly.” 

Steinberg's campaign announced that he was endorsed by Congreswoman Doris Matsui, and a majority of the Sacramento City Council (Carr, Guerra, Hansen, Harris, and Schenirer) and Board of Supervisors (Serna, Kennedy, and Notolli) )while Assemblymember Jim Cooper endorsed Angelique Ashby. 

$$$: Gavin Newsom has had a good week so far, raising $126,400 for his gubernatorial campaign since Monday. It's **it or get off the pot time for Antonio Villaraigosa.

AD39 (East San Fernando Valley): An outsider in an insider game [Laurel Rosenhall @ CALmatters] - Patty "Lopez has reported $8,350 in donations for next year’s campaign – a paltry sum for any legislator, but especially one who is running against a serious opponent. She faces a re-match against [Raul] Bocanegra, the former assemblyman she ousted, and he’s raised more than $365,000."

MAS NIEVE, POR FAVOR: What El Niño could mean for California: 5 takeaways [Jeremy B. White @ SacBee] - “It’s all about the snowpack: Abundant rainfall would help replenish diminished water supplies, but the real drought-buster would be more snow in the Sierra and other places where melting snow feeds rivers and reservoirs. For Los Angeles, “what really matters is that we get huge snowpack on the Colorado river watershed” that would refill dwindling Lake Mead, Patzert testified. But forecasts calling for warmer than average temperatures bode ill.”

HONOR ROLL: Red carpet rolls out for California Hall of Fame [David Siders and Alexei Koseff @ SacBee] - “The cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, country music legend Buck Owens and actor Robert Downey Jr. were among those inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.”

UP OR OUT: Be in leadership or be a candidate for higher office, but not both [John Phillips @ OCR] - "It’s counterproductive to the institutions to have leaders who look at their positions as part-time jobs meant to be used as fundraising tools. It’s also detrimental to a campaign organization to have a candidate who is unavailable to knock on constituents’ doors, attend town hall meetings or crisscross the district because the candidate is stuck in Sacramento, mediating a dispute between members or negotiating details on the budget."

MONEY MATTERS: Top 5 Taxes You May See on the November 2016 Ballot–Version 4 [Joel Fox] - “Tis the season for proposed initiative filings given how much time proponents have to go through the process of qualifying a measure for the November 2016 ballot and there has been some movement on the tax initiative front.”

COOLNESS: Two-hour Amazon Prime Now delivery launched in Sacramento [Bill Lindelof @ SacBee] - “The new two-hour delivery service is called Prime Now. Prime Now customers can get delivery of “daily staples” such as paper towels and even ice cream to their doorsteps within two hours. Two-hour delivery is free and one-hour delivery is offered for $7.99.”

LA-LA LAND: At 10, Valley’s Orange Line is a child star that hasn’t aged well: Guest commentary [Coby King op-ed in Daily News] - "Thursday marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Orange Line busway, which connected Metro’s North Hollywood station to Warner Center, mostly along its own right of way. I remember the date well, since I turned 45 that day. In the ensuing decade, the Orange Line has acted like a precocious child star who hasn’t aged well. I, on the other hand, am just 10 years older."

THE DEBATE: Fact-checking the third round of GOP debates [Glenn Kessler and Michelle Ye Hee Lee @ WaPo] - “Not every candidate uttered facts that are easily fact checked, but following is a list of 14 suspicious or interesting claims. As is our practice, we do not award Pinocchios when we do a roundup of facts in debates.”

Not sure who is in worse shape, Jeb Bush or the Mets?

HOOPS: has released its stat-based predictions for the NBA season that launched Tuesday. 

Happy National Cat Day. I'm pretty allergic to them, but there's a wonderful black cat that hangs out by my place. I just need to wash my hands after petting it. Anyway, enjoy!

DEPT OF CORRECTIONS: In yesterday's #CAKEDAY, I wrote that Yong Salas was Legislative Director for Patrick O'Donnell. Rather, she is an Associate Consultant for David Chiu.

#CAKEDAY: Happy birthday to AG chief deputy Nathan Barankin, Weedmaps's Rob Flanigan, communications guru Coby King, and attorney Kara Ueda!


  • Don’t miss Capitol Network’s 2016 Elections Forum Luncheon - Fri. Nov. 13, 11:30 am -1 pm at CalChamber! Moderated panel includes Shawnda Westly, Cynthia Bryant, Alma Hernandez, Eileen Reynolds, Juliet Williams and discussion about 2016 primary, general elections. Register. (linked text) Buy tickets before they sell out. Questions?

  • Please join the Sacramento State Department of Public Policy & Administration for its Thesis Showcase on Wednesday, November 4 from12:00 pm to 1:00 pm at room 317 in the Capitol. Graduates of the Sac State Master of Public Policy and Administration program will provide policy briefings from their research on a variety of topics, including: CalWORKs, affordable housing, physical education, college enrollment of foster youth, and CEQA streamlining for infill development. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact

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  • New Leaders Council Sacramento is currently accepting applications for its 2016 fellowship class. NLC is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that engages a diverse, collaborative national network of progressive political entrepreneurs. The fellowship includes a rigorous 5-month training program that focuses on entrepreneurship, advocacy, organizing, and fundraising. Applications are due onNovember 1, and interested people may apply here. For any questions, please contact and
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Could Former Senate Leader Steinberg Be Sacramento's Next Mayor?
John Myers @
Former state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announces his bid for mayor of Sacramento on Wednesday.

Ex-state Senate leader Steinberg enters Sacramento mayor’s race
A former leader of the California Senate on Wednesday announced his bid for mayor of Sacramento, saying he wants to build on the city’s renaissance.

Bombs Away With Tax Credits
Joel Fox @
Perhaps, the bomber announcement and the expectation that the planes will be built largely in Palmdale in Los Angeles County accounting for hundreds of jobs will be considered the capstone in the turnaround for aerospace in California.

State Services Tax On The Table In 2016; Reform Plan Includes Income Tax Cuts
A proposed state budget overhaul reducing some income taxes in favor of a new tax on services failed to gain traction this year, but will be back on the table in 2016, the plan’s sponsor told the Orange County Taxpayers Association on Wednesday.

Red Carpet Rolls Out For California Hall Of Fame
David Siders and Alexei Koseff @
The cartoonist Charles M. Schulz, country music legend Buck Owens and actor Robert Downey Jr. were among those inducted into the California Hall of Fame on Wednesday night.

Republican Debate: Candidates Seeking An Edge Go After Front-runners And One Another
Ten Republicans take part in the main debate Wednesday night in Boulder, Colo. Four others competed in an earlier forum. 

Drought-driven salmon deaths could have far-reaching impact
The National Marine Fisheries Service reported Wednesday that 95 percent of the winter-run chinook eggs, hatchlings and juvenile salmon died this year in the river, which was too warm to support them despite conservation efforts. The situation could have far-reaching impacts, leading to cuts in water allotments to farmers next year if projected rains and a strong snowpack don’t erase drought deficits this winter. Commercial and recreational fishing limits could be imposed to protect the endangered chinook population, taking a toll on those industries. The fisheries service worked with two state agencies, the Department of Water Resources and the Department of Fish and Wildlife, to develop an elaborate plan this year to regulate cold water releases from Shasta Dam. Resource officials are required by law to release enough cold water to keep the Sacramento River at 56 degrees — the ideal temperature for fish. In a bid to meet that requirement, federal officials sharply limited flows and delayed water deliveries to hundreds of Central Valley farmers. The lack of cold water forced regulators to come up with a new temperature management plan, this one allowing the water to warm up to 57 degrees. Another bad year would mean that all three year classes of winter-run chinook are in peril, a clear sign that the species is heading toward extinction. Salmon fishermen are alarmed about how the fish deaths might affect their industry next year, said John McManus, the executive director of the Golden Gate Salmon Association, a major advocate for the state’s $1.4 billion salmon industry. The Sacramento River’s spawning run is the last great salmon run along the giant Central Valley river system, which includes the San Joaquin River, where leaping, wriggling chinook were once so plentiful that old-timers recall reaching in and plucking fish right out of the water. Today, mostly fall-run hatchery fish are caught in the ocean and river flows are regulated to protect the remaining wild fish, including winter-run salmon.

UCSD to create robots that see, think and do
Gary Robbins @
UC San Diego is creating a robotics institute that will develop machines that can interpret everything from subtle facial expressions to walking styles to size up what people are thinking, doing and feeling.

GOP Debate 2015: GOP Candidates Air Sharp Differences On Taxes - Politico
John Kasich takes aim at his rivals for "fantasy tax schemes."

Christine Pelosi On Kevin Johnson: I Do Believe The Victim"
Carla Marinucci @
Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and chair of the California Democratic Party Women’s Caucus, said her members have expressed relief that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has decided not to run for re-election in the wake of recent sexual abuse allegations.

Major Changes, Including Higher Tuition, May Be On The Way For Cal State System
Carla Rivera @
The California State University system should institute tuition increases for California residents and out-of-state students, begin year-round academic schedules and provide campus funding based on graduation and other rates, a new panel suggests.

Bay Area Democrats Laugh It Up During GOP Presidential Debate
Josh Richman @
Amid this decidedly left-leaning crowd, opinions varied on who did best and worst.

Chargers Fans Blast Possible Move By Team At Hearings With NFL Officials
Sam Farmer @
Fans of the San Diego Chargers vented their frustrations to NFL executives Wednesday during the league's second stop on a three-city tour of relocation hearings.

Which Candidates Are Doomed?
Based on tonight’s debate performances, more than a dozen political experts identify the presidential campaigns that need to be put out of their misery.

Schaaf lays out priorities for Oakland in annual speech
Rachel Swan @
Mayor Libby Schaaf deemed Oakland the “hottest new center of urban innovation” in a region that’s full of such centers during her first State of the City speech Wednesday. But she also emphasized the disparities that cut through Oakland even during a period of optimism and prosperity.

First Draft: Bernie Sanders Urges End to Federal Marijuana Ban
Senator Sanders told an audience of college students that states should have the right to regulate marijuana the same way that state and local laws now govern sales of alcohol and tobacco.

Does Bloated Caltrans Deserve More Cash?
Californians of all political stripes are in rare agreement the state’s infrastructure of roads, bridges and freeways is woefully underfunded. But the Legislative Analyst’s Office and the state auditor often find misspending, bad priorities and bureaucratic problems at the California Department of Transportation. For instance, auditors found 3,500 unnecessary positions there. That problem was reinforced by the auditor’s report from August spotlighting a Caltrans engineer who played golf on 55 workdays – yet his time sheet was approved by the agency.

Schaaf Lays Out Priorities For Oakland In Annual Speech - San Francisco Chronicle
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Third Republican Presidential Debate Highlights
The New York Times @
The Republican presidential candidates faced off for the third time on Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. We collected some of the most interesting moments here.

Rubio deflects questions about his Senate attendance
The Florida Sun Sentinel published an op-ed calling for the senator's resignation in light of his missed votes.